Industrial tools and machines tend to break down more often than you’d like, leading to downtime and costly repairs that are challenging to make up. A belt grinder is one piece of machinery that can sometimes hit the proverbial wall. But these belt grinder troubleshooting tips you should know can reduce your downtime and help you get back to work.
Edge Glazing Prevention Tips
Too much heat from the grinder might cause the metal to stick to the wheel. That’s edge glazing. Three potential sources of excess heat cause edge glazing: excessively hard material, weak pressure, and a lack of motion.
Grain softening may occur if the chosen material is too hard for your chosen grain. It may also lead to edge glazing due to a buildup of heat. Change to a finer grit or a different sharpener to solve the problem.
Edge glazing happens when the grinder becomes stagnant. Keep rolling the grinder back and forth as you work to avoid this problem. If you want the least resistance while moving the most distance, try a forward-back motion while maintaining a level keel.
Inadequate pressure is the final cause of edge glazing. Because of this, the wheel may skip. To fix this, keep making the forward-back motion.
Potential Edge Concern Tips
While edge glazing is a concern with a belt grinder, other things can hamper its effectiveness. Micro-cracks are nearly impossible to see, but they may pose significant problems for the grinder if unresolved.
Turn on the grinder and listen for any chunking, vibration, or other indicators of an unbalanced wheel after one minute. Damage to the edges may occur for three typical reasons:
- There’s an issue with the clamping of the metal.
- There’s too much distance between the clamped region and the grinding action.
- You are applying the belt grinder incorrectly.
Too much vibration may result from inadequate clamping of the metal substance. Good clamps can be the difference between this being a problem or not.
Cutting away from the clamped region causes extra vibrations. Always leave adequate room for the tools, guard, and hands if you need to cut near the clamped region. Finally, you risk ruining the rim’s edges if you employ the incorrect method on a particular wheel. You shouldn’t use a grinding wheel on a cutting wheel or vice versa.
Wheel Trouble Tips
In particular, harm to the arbor hole or flange may reduce the strength of the belt grinder wheel. This is risky since it may cause the equipment to malfunction completely, but it’s also hazardous.
Belt grinders are notorious for putting on an excessive amount of pressure. Swapping to a thicker wheel can go a long way in keeping everything running smoothly.
Never grind metals on the wheel’s side. The machine will start to fracture and break down as a result. Always double-check the clamping of the metal to ensure no unintentional side loading. In addition to the previously indicated rocking action, you should maintain a steady 90-degree angle during grinding.
Incorrectly mounting the wheel might potentially cause damage to the arbor hole and flange. To prevent the wheel from being too tight, use adapting nuts. The grinder will remain stable and easy to use if you do this.
These belt grinder troubleshooting tips ensure you get longevity out of your belt grinder machine. You can check out the various industrial metal belt grinder equipment we have available. Our industrial belt grinders can remove material quickly and efficiently. Kaka Industrial is here to help you with all of your processing needs!